From Surrey & West Kent

The known surnames of persons in this group to 5th cousin level are; Stacey, Hall, Streatfield, Deane, Titchener, Titcomb, Mulcock, Meekhams & Moyer. The links to the descendant charts related to these matches are Stacey, Meekhams. Titchener & Streatfield.

The Stacey links older than William Stacey, who married Eleanor Streatfield, have been problematic earlier in my research, and, before DNA, there were thought to be baptisms that showed a link to the Godstone area. Researchers of the Godstone Staceys said it was not likely but a number of matches with other Stacey descendants suggests there are links to these Staceys of Godstone or nearby such as Bletchingley, Merstham and Burstow, of which there are many.  

An example of the problem with these lines is shown by a Stacey family, from South Australia, who has matches to me on Ancestry and MyHeritage with a tree showing links to Staceys from Richmond, Surrey, but also Nutfield. The oldest one is from Putney, Surrey in 1769.  On MyHeritage the suggested link is to William Stacey & Sarah Hall from Horne & Godstone and it may be that the suggested link back to Putney is an error. The person who has done the most research and has a number of DNA tests on Ancestry and MyHeritage is Ross James Stacey from Adelaide but it appears he is now deceased.  The results of the Ancestry test are also on GEDmatch with a kit number of A852647.  In addition a cousin of his is doing detailed DNA analysis with a number of Stacey relatives which may also help to clarify the relationships around 1800.  The matches for this group are on chromosome 11 but also on chromosome 14 in some cases where the match points at a Lane/Streatfield association.  Comparing the matches to the wider Stacey family around Ross Stacey suggests that our DNA is only shared with him and his sister which could suggest that the link is through his mother Sylvia Violet Scott who has ancestors from Kent.  This is being actively worked on.

A known Stacey/Streatfield descendant is to Shane Fein; he is descended from John Stacey who emigrated to Maryborough, Queensland in 1882. Another match to this line has appeared and is to the grand-daughter of Norman John Stacey who lived all his life in the Nrothery Territory and was well known as a drover, even having an obituary in the Northern Territory Times. This line was previously unknown, no other family members emigrated.

In the meantime other matches link back to Michael Stacey of Godstone but another examination of the records suggest that this Michael and our ancestor William may have come from Bletchingley next door to Godstone and have different parents. This link is from  DNA matches to Richard Anthony Parrett, and Barbara A Sheppard, descendants of Michael Stacey. However these matches do show that Michael and William were likely brothers, with paternts of William Stacey & Amy Roffey.

The Streatfield links are discussed in the Wansbury group and is now confirmed by a number of matches.

Some surnames that have come up in searches among matches include Meekins, Ryder, Giles and Revere.  The Meekins match at 19cM on 2 segments is quite significant but the tested person is Meekins by marriage so the link must be elsewhere.  The match is with my children and nieces.

A Meekhams DNA match that came to light, to Adam Watson, who knows he is descended from Richard Meekhams, father of Fanny Meekhams who married William Titchener, my g-g-g-grandfather.  This link has now been established with records and has led to exploration of a number of other descendants of Richard, compounded by the large number of variants to the name over time. A second match to Clive Meekham is also established and documented, since doing this work this record has been withdrawn from Ancestry!  In November  2020 Ancestry suggested a number of ThruLine matches to other descendants of Richard Meekhams related to Adam Watson and he provided some screen shots of these which then disappeared.  The suggested lines have been analysed with some success and a number of descendants, at least 9, of the siblings of Fanny Meekhams have been confirmed in spite of the the name variation. Names known to be used include Meekham, Meekcoms, Meekcomes, Meacomes.

The other surnames in this group have not yet appeared in DNA matches.  Very recently a link to Edward Titcomb & Mary Mulcock has been suggested because of a match beween MGJ and Patricia Anne Byrne & her sister Margaret Lovesey on MyHeritage on chromosome 15.  The records given on their tree have yet to be confirmed.

Revised May 2022.